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2009 17th Annual 

Heart of the West Writers Contest Winners!

Sponsored by the Utah Chapter of
Romance Writers of America®

*URWA Memeber
**Manuscript Requested

Historical- final judge: Megan Records, Editor, Kensington

1st Place - THE HANDFASTING** - by Martha Ferris*
2nd Place - THE VISCOUNT'S DILEMMA** - by Theresa Romain
3rd Place - THE WIDOW'S OFFER - by Tina Louise
4th Place - A MOST UNUSUAL LADY - by Kathleen Bittner Roth

Contemporary - final judge: Amanda Bergeron, Editor, Avon Books/Harper Collins

1st Place - IN YOUR DREAMS - by Jude Bown*
2nd Place - UNCIVILIZED - by Cara Davies
3rd Place - THE LAKE EFFECT - by Gabrielle Luthy
4th Place - TOPLESS - by Tiffinie Helmer*

Mystery/Suspense - final judge: Lara Hyde, Editor, MIRA

1st Place - TROUBLE AT THE DOOR - by Imani Miller*
2nd Place - BURIED DEEP - by Jean Mason
3rd Place - SHE CAN RUN - by Melinda Leigh
4th Place - SHIVER - by Tiffinie Helmer*

Paranormal - final judge: Heather Osborn, Editor, Tor/Forge

1st Place - P2PC** - by Laurie Green
2nd Place - CALLING FIRE** - by Melanie Card
3rd Place - BEWITCHING THE BEAST - by Tamara Hughes
4th Place - LOVE? PLEASE! A TALE OF THE HOLY WATER WARRIORS - by Marne Kirstatter

Inspirational- final judge: Jewelann Cone, Agent, Atlantis Literary Agency

1st Place - RACHEL'S ANGEL - by Jennifer Beckstrand*
2nd Place - WIND SONG - by Rachelle J. Christensen
3rd Place - MURDER ON OCEAN DRIVE - by Gloria Ferguson
4th Place - THE REAL THING - by Morgan Taylor

Published - final judge: Miriam Kriss, Agent, The Irene Goodman Agency

1st Place - SHIFTER PLANET** - by DB Reynolds
2nd Place - DARK ANGEL- A GOTHIC FAIRY TALE - by TJ Bennett
3rd Place - PAYTON'S WOMAN - by Marilyn Yarbrough*
4th Place - SEVERED THREADS - by Kaylin McFarren

Golden Pen- URWA Members Only - final judge: Kelly Mortimer, The Mortimer Literary Agency

1st Place - TOPLESS - by Tiffinie Helmer*
2nd Place - SHE OWNS THE KNIGHT - by Diane Stoddard*
3rd Place - PAYTON'S WOMAN - by Marilyn Yarbrough*
4th Place - IN YOUR DREAMS -by Jude Bown*
5th Place - RACHEL'S ANGEL - by Jennifer Beckstrand*

Updated 10/10/09